Fencing Club of the Day: Avant Garde Fencing Club in Los Angeles, CA

Coaches: Daniel Costin, Daniel Grigoriev
Website: http://avantgardefencersclub.com/
Location: 2209 Barry Avenue 90064 LA, California
Email: info@avantgardefencersclub.com
Coach Costin and his staff are top-notch and the students are welcoming and nice.  Great atmopshere and facilities.   Thanks for showing me a great time everyone!

Fencing Video of The Day: Wicked Counter-Parry by Nazlymov (USSR) Vs. Montano (ITA) in Gold Medal Team Match at 1976 Montreal Olympics

Vladamir Nazlymov (USSR) on the left takes a counter-parry against Montano (ITA) on right during the Gold medal team match of the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada.

Historical Notes:
* Nazlymov won the Bronze medal in the individual at that Olympics and the USSR would capture team gold.  

* The USSR swept the individual medals at that Olympics.  

* The fencing was non-electric and you could flech (aka cross your feet)

Olympian Tim Morehouse to Host 80th Annual AAU Sullivan Awards on April 14th at NYAC

I’m very excited to have been selected as the master of ceremony for this years 80th annual  AAU Sullivan Awards honoring our country’s most outstanding amateur athletes.    Past award winners have included, Tim Tebow, Sarah Hughes, Paul Hamm and Michael Phelps.

This years finalists are Clint Moore, Amy Pamiero-Winters, Megan Hodge, Erin Hamlin, Angela Blizzari and Zak Boggs.  The top 14 nominees were selected from submissions to the AAU Sullivan Committee. Then America voted for their favorite athlete online at USA Today combined with ballots from National Governing Bodies’, Members of the Media and D1 Sports Information Directors.  (Athlete Bios for 2009 Finalists: http://aausullivan.com/nominate.html)

The winner will be announced on April 14th at the ceremony taking place at the New York Athletic Club.  The event will include an autograph session with the athletes from 5:30-6:30pm, buffet and beverages from 6pm-7pm and then the award ceremony starting at 7:15pm with Olympic Figure Skating Champion Sarah Hughes presenting the winner with their award.

You can purchase tickets at: http://aausullivan.com/dinnerreg.html

The AAU Sullivan Awards
Known as the ” Oscar” of sports awards, and older than The Heisman, the AAU Sullivan Award honors the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. It has been presented annually by the AAU since 1930 as a salute to founder and past president of the Amateur Athletic Union.